Massachusetts: Mayor Wu Responds To The “I Hate Boston” Billboard
Last night Boston Mayor Michelle Wu posted a great response to the “I Hate Boston” billboard, which caused quite a stir last week.
In case you missed it, singer Reneé Rapp was behind the three-word billboard that was put up in the North End. Rapp’s new record, Snow Angel came out last Friday, August 18. The second track on that record is a song called “I Hate Boston.”
CBS Boston found a quote from Rapp discussing the song on WBZ-TV and has a photo of the billboard. “It’s more fun when people don’t know, and are very curious as to why I would do such a thing, and it is to incite fights and arguments. Cause you guys [in Boston] are very good at that, and you love that,” she said. CBS then noted Rapp has a well-admired reputation for satire.
Mayor Wu To The Rescue
On Mayor Wu’s Instagram, Wu posted a photo of new mocked-up billboard with a three word response. The billboard image contains the same black text style on a white background in all capital letters. Wu asks Rapp in the post, “give us another chance,” then tags Rapp.
The billboard message (see the post here), says “BOSTON LOVES YOU.”
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If you are wondering why Wu’s response asks for a second chance, Rapp’s song “I Hate Boston,” contains the lyrics, “How Did You Make Me Hate Boston?” It is then followed by, “It’s not its fault that you don’t love me.” It would appear Rapp is telling a story of an experience with someone who associates a bad experience with Boston.
This will all be an interesting (and maybe awkward) on Saturday, October 28. Rapp will be in Boston performing at the Road Runner that evening. The show is already sold out. In the meantime, we’ll have these billboard wars to joke with.